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The Writing Journey Begins

The Writing Journey Begins

My Goal is to Write Many Novels and Help a few Writers Along the Way I first started writing as a young Infantry Officer sitting alone in the back of the Officer's club while drinking a cold beer. I worked seventy hours a week. I didn't own a TV, had no social life,...

Write and Plan your Fiction Novel an Architect and Builder

Write and Plan your Fiction Novel an Architect and Builder

You Must Plan Out your Novel and Build it Step by Step!   I had a degree...I had my Masters of Science...I thought I should know how to write a novel. I certainly had read enough of them. I started to look over my favorite fiction novels and I went through them...

Why Did I Write My First Chapter of Gunny Mac Like I Did?

Why Did I Write My First Chapter of Gunny Mac Like I Did?

What Was the Purpose of My First Chapter?         My first chapter was designed to do the following: Introduce my main character Gunny Mac and his best friend Gunny Wojohowitz Introduce the reader to the setting (Guadalcanal and Hawaii).  ...

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Why Did I Write My First Chapter of Gunny Mac Like I Did?

Why Did I Write My First Chapter of Gunny Mac Like I Did?

What Was the Purpose of My First Chapter?

 

 

 

 

My first chapter was designed to do the following:

Introduce my main character Gunny Mac and his best friend Gunny Wojohowitz

Introduce the reader to the setting (Guadalcanal and Hawaii).

 

 

Introduce the reader to the bravery and character of Gunny Mac

Introduce the reader to how Gunny Mac was injured and why he had to get a medical discharge.

Introduce the reader to the fact that the First Marines Division on Guadalcanal might be defeated.

Scene (1) Edson thinks Gunny Mac is dead but finds him alive and gets him medical help.

Scene (2) Gunny Mac gets airlifted to an aircraft carrier and is transferred to the Naval hospital at Pearl. Designed this scene to get Mac to Honolulu and introduce the reader to Seadog and Nurse Lt. Van Deer.

Each chapter and scene has a purpose to drive the story forward. Each chapter and scene has a beginning, middle, and end. My first chapter is rather long for my novels. It is twelve pages long but I wrote to accomplish many things and introduce three important characters. I also wrote it so people would know exactly how tough Gunny Mac is and how he reacts to combat.

Beginning of Chapter 1: This shows how desperate the situation on Guadalcanal was.

Middle: Shows the reader how tough the fight for Edson’s Ridge was and the heroic exploits of Gunny Mac and introduces Gunny Wojo Mac’s best friend.

Ending: Mac appears dead but is found alive by Col.Edson and flown to an aircraft carrier for treatment. The ending… introduces LT. Van Deer and Seadog and the fact Mac is barely alive in the hospital. He still may die.

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stevengwalker

Author, Coach, Writing mentor

Step 1 Designing the First Chapter of a Novel

Step 1 Designing the First Chapter of a Novel

What You Need to Know About Your Novel Before You Begin Writing.

I told all of you I would be using my first novel to help teach this beginner’s writing course to you. Many people in my writer’s groups have asked established writers, “how do I start my novel?” This seems to be a troubling question for many.

I will go into what I was thinking as I wrote the first chapter.

Here is what I knew about Gunny Mac Private Detective before I started writing.

 

  • I knew the genre…sort of a hard-boiled private detective series.

  • I knew my protagonists name, Gunny Mac.

  • I wanted to write about the 1940s and in an exotic setting.

  • I wanted to pattern my style of writing like Raymond Chandler.

  • I wanted Gunny Mac to have  some side kicks on his journey as a private eye.

  • I knew as a new writer I should write about my passion…World War Two and the United States Marine Corps.

  • I knew I wanted a Jesuit priest in my story and a dog.

  • I knew I had to have people seeking redemption. We all need redemption.

As you can tell I had somewhat of an idea started but how could I find a story in all this? So I started researching the beginning of WW Two in 1942. I started researching Hawaii and Guadalcanal. We were at a desperate crossroads  and I wanted to see if there was a story somewhere during this time period. After several hours of research I stumbled onto something interesting. President Roosevelt felt the First Marine Division was going to lose Guadalcanal and Hawaii invaded. Actually got my hands on the original 500 page report.

Then I found out he planned on collecting and burning all the American money in Hawaii and replacing it with bills with the word Hawaii on the back of each bill so the Japanese could not use the money to finance their war operations.

Bingo! I had my plot. I surmised if this was the case how many people would attempt to steal this money that was going to be destroyed…was it actually stealing money… that was going to be destroyed? No victim!

My next step…developing my Premise and Concept. 

Concept: What would happen if President Roosevelt collected and burned all the money in Hawaii to keep the Japanese from getting it?

Premise: What would happen if four badly wounded veterans are the only ones able to stop, corrupt officials and gangsters from stealing the money?

Wow! I have a possible great novel!

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stevengwalker

Author, teacher, coach